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Title:NEW ZEALAND DIVISIONAL RUGBY TEAM [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 172
Summary: A rugby match between the New Zealand Division 'All Blacks' and a French Army selection, played in Paris on Sunday 17 February 1918, the New Zealanders winning 5 points to 3.
Description: I. The film covers three of the six days the New Zealand team spent in Paris. The first scenes show their tour of the city by horse-drawn charabanc on 16 February, visiting the Bois de Boulogne and Les Invalides. A visit to Versailles, which actually took place on 18 February, is seen next. The match takes place at the Parc des Princes stadium, the spectators being mainly soldiers. The New Zealand team comes out first and performs a 'haka' dance, after which the French team comes out. The kick-off is made by Miss Violet Russell, daughter of the New Zealand divisional commander. The match itself is shown in detail. The New Zealand team is then seen in its charabanc turning past the Arc de Triomphe and into the Champs Elysées (possibly more of the 16 February city tour).
II. To the end of the film is attached a brief, unrelated scene of a British Cavalry patrol on the Western Front.
Production Details: Sanders, Henry A (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, cavalry (regiment/service)
New Zealand Military Forces, New Zealand Div (regiment/service)
French Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, French - historic: Versailles (object name)
delegations, New Zealand international - goodwill (object name)
recreation, New Zealand military - sport: rugby union (object name)
society, New Zealand military - ethnic (object name)
Versailles, Yvelines, France (geography)
Parc des Princes, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Les Invalides, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Champs Elysées, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 608 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet
Intertitles: sequence of scenes scratched on negative
Production: New Zealand official film
Summary: a contemporary match report (see reference) names the French try-scorer as Shohl, with New Zealand's try scored by Carnegie and converted by Capper. The result is described as "a lucky New Zealand win".
Remarks: this is one of several films of the NZEF 'All Blacks' taken during the First World War by the NZEF official cinematographer. Similar films were taken of the NZEF (UK) team by Scales (see IWM 157). This particular film clearly demonstrates the difficulties of filming a rugby match from the sideline, but Sanders's filming of the two teams taking the field captures the spirit of the two nationalities - the dour, workaday look of the New Zealanders, and the almost embarrassed way they perform the Haka, compared to their opponents' Gallic insouciance, conscious of rank and superiority, coats draped over shoulders, all marvellously French.
Authority: additional detail from Christopher Pugsley, 12/1993